Answer the following 10 questions to test your knowledge of anxiety!
1) Anxiety’s main job is to keep you safe.
True. When faced with danger, your body goes through lots of changes in order to get you ready to protect yourself from danger. Your body revs up and you are ready to strike out at danger, make a safe getaway, or hold still until the danger passes.
2) Feeling anxious can be harmful.
False. Your body is designed to react to danger. The changes you feel in your body are its ways of adapting to keep you safe. For example, your heart makes sure blood and oxygen is pumped to major muscles like your biceps or thighs. This gives you energy and power to strike out at danger or to run away as fast as you can. These changes might feel uncomfortable or annoying, but they’re not dangerous.
3) Feelings of anxiety eventually go away.
True. Sometimes anxiety feels like it could go on forever. However, eventually it always goes away or lessens. Just as your body is designed to rev up to protect you from danger, it is also designed to calm down at some point. It may take a little time, but your anxiety will come down.
4) Most people don’t feel anxious.
False. Everyone feels anxiety at times. For example, most people feel anxious on the first day of school, before a final exam, or at a job interview. The only difference between people is how often, how easily, and how much they experience anxiety.
5) Everyone can tell when you’re anxious.
False. Anxiety can feel really loud to you. It’s like listening to your iPod on full blast with your earphones. Someone walking past you on the sidewalk while you’re listening to your iPod would only hear a quiet muffled sound, if anything. It’s the same with anxiety. Most other people don’t really notice when you’re anxious, except maybe those closest to you, like your parents or best friend.
6) If you get REALLY anxious you could lose control or go crazy.
False. Although sometimes we can feel really overwhelmed or panicky when we’re anxious, we’re not going to lose control or go crazy. That’s just not what happens when we’re anxious.
7) Anxiety problems are common.
True. Anxiety problems are quite common. In fact, 1 in 4 teens will experience some type of problem with anxiety at some point. If you struggle with anxiety, you are not alone!
8) Having problems with anxiety means you’re weak.
False. Having anxiety problems does not mean there is anything wrong with you. It has nothing to do with weakness. In fact, there are lots of famous and successful people who have had anxiety problems. To name just a few: Oprah Winfrey, Howard Stern, Johnny Depp, Anthony Hopkins, Nicholas Cage, Cher, and Nicole Kidman. It takes strength to acknowledge that anxiety is a problem for you and to take steps to deal with it.
9) If you’re a really anxious person, there’s not much you can do to change that.
False. If anxiety is a problem for you, there is a lot you can do! You can learn strategies for relaxing, challenging worrisome thinking, and facing your fears. You can take control of managing your anxiety, so it doesn’t hold you back. You have taken the first step already by visiting this website.
10) Telling yourself to “relax” is a very effective way to deal with anxiety.
False. When you struggle with anxiety, it’s not as simple as just telling yourself to “relax.” Most people have to learn some new coping strategies to help them better deal with anxiety. The good news is that there is help available. And this website is a great place to start.